A source confirmed a CBSSports.com report Thursday that LSU and Syracuse are working on a home-and-home football series.
The teams would likely play at Tiger Stadium in 2015 and at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., in 2017, though a contract is still at least weeks away from being finalized. The Tigers could end up traveling to New York in 2015, a source said.
The SEC and ACC have not yet released conference schedules for 2015, a hangup in finalizing the deal with the Orange.
LSU needs two non-conference opponents on the opening two weeks of the season to fill out its 2015 football schedule.
The school has contracts finalized with Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan. Syracuse would make three non-conference opponents. LSU is finalizing the contract with a fourth school.
The game with Syracuse would continue a string of high-profile early season non-conference games for the Tigers.
LSU opened the 2013 season against TCU in the Cowboys Classic and will open the 2014 season in Houston’s Reliant Stadium against Wisconsin. The Tigers and Badgers will open the 2016 season at the Green Bay Packers’ legendary Lambeau Field.
LSU and Syracuse have met only twice in football, both times in bowl games.
The Tigers beat the Orange 13-10 in the 1965 Sugar Bowl, then lost to Syracuse 23-10 in the 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl (now the Outback Bowl) in Tampa, Fla.